Full Backups

A full backup contains a complete copy of a database.

Make a Full Backup

To make a full backup, run the BACKUP DATABASE command. Specify the name of the database to back up, followed by the directory on disk where the backup will reside. The following example makes a backup of test_db and stores it in the /test_db_backups_week_1 directory.

BACKUP DATABASE test_db to "/test_db_backups_week_1";

BACKUP DATABASE outputs one row containing the BACKUP_ID column. This column contains the id of the backup that was just made.

You can view the history all of the backups made in the cluster by querying information_schema.mv_backup_history. The output of the following query assumes that only one backup was made.

SELECT backup_id, incr_backup_id, database_name, start_timestamp
FROM information_schema.mv_backup_history
ORDER BY backup_id;
| backup_id | incr_backup_id | database_name   | start_timestamp     |
|         1 |           NULL | test_db         | 2019-08-04 00:00:00 |

You cannot save a full backup to a directory that already contains a full backup. Instead, save the full backup in a different directory or delete the contents in the original directory.

Restore a Full Backup


Release 6.8 and earlier backups cannot be restored into the 7.8 and later releases.

To restore a full backup, use the RESTORE DATABASE command and specify the database name along with the directory where the backup is stored. The following example restores test_db from the test_db_backups_week_1 directory.

RESTORE DATABASE 'test_db' FROM "/test_db_backups_week_1";

Last modified: July 13, 2023

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